By Dianne Daniel
Canadians recovering from surgery are leaving hospitals sooner with improved outcomes thanks to a growing push to implement Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) – evidence-based protocols that require compliance by both clinicians and patients.
Provincial results are so encouraging, proponents are now pushing for a national network so that tools and best practices for implementing ERAS can be more widely disseminated.
“We have to change the culture,” says Dr. Claude Laflamme, Medical Director of Quality and Patient Safety in the Department of Anesthesia at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. “People think if I have an operation tomorrow I cannot eat or drink after midnight because that’s what we’ve been saying for years. But the guidelines have changed,” he says.